Fundamentalisms

By Amy Braunschweiger

Last August, the world watched in horror as the extremist armed group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, attacked Iraq’s Yezidi community. Thousands fled without food or water into the nearby Sinjar mountains, but ISIS fighters waylaid many, executing men and abducting thousands of people, mainly women and children. Rumors of forced marriage and enslavement of Yezidi girls and women swirled, and were later confirmed as a trickle of women and girls – now numbering into the hundreds – escaped. Human Rights Watch researchers Samer Muscati andRothna Begum interviewed 20 of these women and girls and shared their findings with Amy Braunschweiger.

Religious Fundamentalisms Impact on Women’s Rights in Africa
April 21, 2015 
Carleton University. Humanities Theatre, 303 Paterson Hall (Ottawa)


The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF), one of the working groups of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies from Carlton University, is organizing a one day learning event on religious fundamentalisms and their impact on women’s rights in Africa. 

Summary

Violence committed “in the name of religion”, that is, on the basis of or arrogated to religious tenets of the perpetrator, can lead to massive violations of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief.

Mohammad Jamil Khan

Two madrasa students have been detained for their alleged involvement with the killing

Radical Islamists hacked to death secular blogger Md Oyasiqur Rahman Babu Monday morning in Tejgaon, Dhaka allegedly for his atheist views.

The massacre that killed 147 people and wounded scores of others at a Kenyan university lasted for hours Thursday before the terror was over.

It is too simple to reduce religious motives to mere pretexts for violence – New report

UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF REPORT TO THE UN 2015 – VIOLENCE COMMITTED IN THE NAME OF RELIGION – Multiple report components important to women.

Dans la matinée du 24 février 2015, les corps de Mme Intissar Al Hasairi et de sa tante on été découverts dans le coffre de la voiture de la défenseuse à Tripoli, par les forces de sécurité. La défenseuse et sa tante auraient été abattues par des membres d'un groupe armé. 

Afghan officials have been paying tribute to a prominent female politician who died on Sunday following a bomb attack. Angeza Shinwari, a provincial councillor in eastern Nangarhar province, was an outspoken campaigner for women's rights.

Mariam Diallo-Dramé, présidente fondatrice de "l'Association Femmes Leadership et Développement Durable" (AFLED) du Mali, et WLUML networker, a reçu la Médaille du Mérite, décernée par le gouvernement du Mali en janvier. Ici, elle parle à WLUML au sujet de sa vie et sa travail.

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